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The Anglo-American Tradition of Liberty

A view from Europe

By João Carlos Espada

© 2016 – Routledge

212 pages

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Joao Carlos Espada's provocative survey of a group of key Anglo-American and European political thinkers argues that there is a distinctive, Anglo-American tradition of liberty that is one of the core pillars of the Free World. Giving a broad overview of the tradition through summaries of the careers and ideas of fourteen of its key thinkers, neglected despite having been tremendously influential in the tradition of liberty, the author engages with current set ideas about the meaning of 'liberal' and 'conservative' to offer an engaging, intellectual case for liberal democracy.

Reviews

"The Portuguese political theories João Espada has written a most thoughtful and instructive book on the political and intellectual resources that inform the Anglo-American tradition of liberty." - Daniel J. Mahoney, The University Bookman

"…liberalism is in serious need of rethinking and renewal. Those searching for ways forward would be greatly served by reading João Carlos Espada’s important book. Professor Espada …takes his reader on a rich journey of intellectual discovery though the Anglo-American tradition of modern liberal political theory." -Amichai Magen, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

"Espada’s practical and sensible approach provides academics, citizens, and political actors with valuable matter for reflection. His understanding of political action, though rooted in Anglo-American examples, is as akin to Aristotle’s conception of practical wisdom as it is to Burke’s or Churchill’s." - James H. Nichols, Journal of Democracy

"In the wake of Britain’s recent vote to leave the European Union, Professor Espada’s new book could not be more timely. For Espada argues persuasively that Europe benefits hugely from the example of British traditions of individual liberty and the rule of law. …the British Mystery is that Britain largely depends upon foreigners to articulate and defend its own traditions of liberty. João Espada’s new book is the latest contribution to this remarkable tradition." - James Bernard Murphy, Professor of Government, Dartmouth College, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Karl Popper, Winston Churchill and ‘The British Mystery’

Part I | PERSONAL INFLUENCES

1. Karl R. Popper: The open society and its enemies

2. Ralf Dahrendorf: Liberty and civil society

3. Raymond Plant: Social welfare without class warfare

4. Gertrude Himmelfarb and Irving Kristol: The moral imagination

Part II | COLD WARRIORS

5. Raymond Aron: The opium of the intellectuals

6. Friedrich A. Hayek: The constitution of liberty

7. Isaiah Berlin: Liberty and pluralism

8. Michael J. Oakeshott: The conservative disposition

9. Leo Strauss: Relativism and the crisis of modernity

Part III | ORDERLY LIBERTY

10. Edmund Burke: Liberty and duty

11. James Madison vs. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Two views of self-government

12. Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America

Part IV | THE SPIRIT OF LIBERTY

13. Winston S. Churchill: The English-Speaking Peoples and the Free World

Part V | POLITICS OF IMPERFECTION: THE ANGLO-AMERICAN

TRADITION OF LIBERTY

14. Limited and accountable Government

15. Two kinds of rationalism

16. Liberty as conversation

Postscript ON BRITAIN AND THE EUROPEAN UNION: THE MISSING DEBATE

About the Author

João Carlos Espada is the director and founder of the Institute of Political Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal, where he is Professor of Political Studies. He earned his DPhil from the University of Oxford, and has taught at Brown, Stanford and Georgetown Universities in the US, and the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland. He was political advisor to President Mário Soares (1986–1990) and President Cavaco Silva (2006–2011).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI019000
PHILOSOPHY / Political
POL058000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European